Forgotten Spaces: Commended – Walk the Line by Honey
[HOUNSLOW] A light installation on the underside of the M4
The neglect of London’s motorway hinterland results in much of it becoming a wasteland, given over to graffiti, litter, and worst. The elevated section of the M4 running through Boston Manor, owned and managed by the London Borough of Hounslow, is one such forgotten space. The Thames Valley University Brentford Campus, and Glaxo SmithKline UK are close by, but their prestigious presence cannot detract from the site’s squalor.
However, Honey Architecture see it as a dramatic site, with the brutal language of civil engineering and almost cathedral-like succession of spaces between the flyover’s column pairs.
Their proposal involves a low-cost artwork to enliven the space. They suggest the mighty pairs of columns that march through Boston Manor Park are mozaicked with salvaged mirrors that will glitter and gleam in the sunlight. When the sun sets, another single beam of light reveals a pattern. This is achieved by angling the mirrors so that when a blue laser beam is fired at the correct panel, an entire canopy of light is formed under the carriageway.
Forgotten Spaces: All 20 shortlisted entries feature in a public exhibition at the National Theatre until 4 July www.nationaltheatre.org.uk